Andre Lotterer was present for the Formula E Season Finale. Lotterer made the trip to the London Street Circut to see fellow Audi Works drivers Lucas di Grassi and Loic Duval compete in the all-electric open wheel series. Formula E has been picking up momentum in recent years. Renault currently provides the power units and Manufactures like Volvo are showing serious interest in joining the series. Drivers Like di Grassi and Duval also lend credibility to the series as it becomes less of an interesting side-show and more a legitimate racing series.
Andre Lotterer has raced in Formula 1, has 3 24 Hours of Le Mans Overall Titles and 1 WEC Driver’s World Championship on his resume. However he was left wanting by the performance of Formula E cars.
“It’s not very impressive seeing the cars drive by, but that we all know.”
Lotterer was asked if he was interested in driving a Formula E car, following his fellow Audi Teammates lead. His response is both surprising and not surprising at all. On the One hand he isn’t a big fan of the series so why would he want to drive one. On the other hand, Lotterer is a racer (duh) and usually if it has 4 wheels and motor drivers want a go even if they find the vehicle unimpressive.
“Driving I don’t think is the issue, it’s more being part of racing for the future. I don’t think it’s exciting to drive. It’s not a sport, it’s a political thing – and if you want to be involved in that sense. You cannot compare it to other racing. It’s a philosophy.”
I really wanted to hate Formula E when it first came out. I don’t exactly love the idea of Electric cars, and a really didn’t like the idea of an all-electric car racing series. But the racing isn’t completely terrible, it can be quite exciting at times. I haven’t reached the stage yet where I plan my day around a Formula E race like I do with F1. But if its on, and I happen to stumble across it, I will watch. I think the primary problem with Formula E is the marketing side of things. I have no clue when a Formula E race is on or where they stand in the season. Sentiment that Lotterer echoed.
“It was eventful, it was a tight track; if you see competition between drivers it’s interesting. But I was surprised – I was in London, and I didn’t see any information about the Formula E race. Both Uber drivers that took me there, they didn’t know what was going on. I was surprised, I thought there would be more enthusiasm for it. I didn’t see many spectators.”
Formula E is on the right track (no pun intended). The performance of the cars will come in time as the technology improves. They have themselves a good little series they just need to market it better. Electric cars are coming, Tesla shows us that electric cars can be fast, can be exciting. Electric cars are the future, despite my love of burning dinosaurs eventually even I will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into an EV. Lotterer understands this and hasn’t completely discounted Formula E’s future.
“If you look at it for the future, I guess car manufacturers will need such series – unfortunately, because I prefer driving hybrids in the WEC, which gives you both worlds. I believe one day manufacturers will have to do it to justify their budgets for motorsport. It caught my interest, more from a political view than a sporting view, and if it picks up maybe I’d like to go in there. But it’s a bit early.”